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Night flight to Antarctica

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    So we can land on a blacked-out aircraft carrier in stormy seas at night. We can fly into the eye of a Category 5 hurricane. But apparently, until yesterday, it was too risky to try and land a plane in Antarctica at night.
    WTF!?
    Did it just take them 50 years to try this? It can't be that difficult for a skilled pilot, can it?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080913/sc_afp/nzealandantarcticausscienceaviation_080913020315
     
  2. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Seriously harsh environment, bro. Coldest temperatures on the planet (below 0o F average every month) that take their toll on anything left outside, lots of blowing snow and your "runway" is an unpredictable ice sheet rather than an actual smooth runway.
     
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Does this include a couple nights at the Antarctica Holiday Inn?
     
  4. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    I think so, and you can upgrade to the Base Esperanza Courtyard by Marriott for $50 more.
     
  5. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    I choose to go for the economy package at the Adeline Sleep Inn.
     
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Um, this hotel talk is referring to one of the best old-school night crew threads ever.
     
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Night Flight? I was hoping this would be about Rhonda Shear.
     
  8. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, no Doug and the Slugs.
     
  9. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Live a little. You should spend a night at the 5-star Admiral Byrd Ritz-Carlton.
     
  10. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    On my salary? I'm lucky to have heat in my room.
     
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Just for BYH:

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    Sadly, Holiday Inn no longer sponsors Weather Underground's hotel listings. :'(

    (That logo just screams "1980s!")
     
  12. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Try Priceline. You can get some good deals at the Ritz in the offseason.
     
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